Recently while I was beading I realized, as much as I love it (and I REALLY do)- I love paper crafting even more. Something about getting to emboss, paint, stamp, ink, spray, cut, paste, mold, burn, tape, glitterfy, etc... I LOVE paper. Anything paper related. I think that's why when I heard about quilling I couldn't wait to get started.
The problem with finding a new craft, is buying all of the goods to make whatever it is you want to do.
Prime example, Watercolor classes were relatively cheap last summer, about $50. I happened to have coupons and bought my paint set (about 7 colors), a few brushes and a palette from different stores. Paper was cheap..ish and away I walked satisfied. That is until I realized I didn't have purple paint (and yes I could mix the colors I had, but my blue was too dark and made the purple too dark and adding white... well... watercolors are tricky). So back I went to the craft store. Again for larger paper. Again for longer-handled brushes. Over and over again, back to the store. /sigh.
So, before you get sucked into a new craft, think it over, plan, find deals and buy a few things at a time. It's worth it.
But what does that all have to do with paper and new crafting? Well, simple. I wanted to learn to quill paper. I first ran across quilling in:
|Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts: |
An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration
Off to Fred Vegas I went, coupons in hand. At Joanns (my store of choice) and, as Laura said, it was the first time Joanns had let me down. I called Michaels, no, AC Moore (HA! I find they don't know anything, it's so frustrating) and so I had to venture into HobbyLobby (why do I despise it so?). I found the tools and the paperstrips--- EVERYTHING I needed. (all under $10!!!) Here's what I've made so far (in a four hour time period)
|Myrtle and I made this, a trial attempt, two different quilling tools were used. :) |
Can you see the differences?
|Flamingos :) so cute! :D|
|Pot o' Gold + Rainbow|
|Peacock feather so puuurdy|
I think quilling is going to be a new favorite. I am excited to take my flower doodles (mostly from math homework pages- ha!) and recreate them using quilled paper.
Also, I would like to take a moment to talk about the website, All Things Paper, I ran across it tonight and it's just amazing. Please head over there and take a look. :)